Thought Leader

Pestilence, war and famine: relic of the Middle Ages?

We cannot afford to be swayed by rumour and fear-mongering as we were centuries ago. We must think carefully before we act, share emotional opinions, or start burning witches (or malls)

Psychologists talk: Is the United Nations capable of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict (or indeed any modern crisis)?

Suntosh Pillay speaks to fellow psychologist Anton Botha, who is also a former UN staff member, about Israel and Palestine and whether or not the United Nations is abdicating its duties to maintain peace

SCREEN GRAB: Funny, not funny

HBO's Fake Famous is a humorous dive into the Instagram racket, but it misses the painful collateral damage of the influencer economy

Online learning, a mandatory alternative

We should be obsessed with how we can help our young South Africans access and utilise systems of secondary and tertiary entry education

Today’s ANC is a criminal enterprise masquerading as moral and political “leaders of society”

The criminal prosecution and lawful dissolution of the ANC are not only morally desirable but legally justifiable too

The fraud of happiness

Institutes and research centres that insist on happiness as a goal lure one into accepting the status quo on the basis of the fraudulent notion that happiness is possible. It is not

Calling it a ‘conflict’ helps to sustain Israel’s occupation of Palestine

Because Israel is an occupying nation, Israeli violence and Palestinian resistance should not be portrayed as equivalent

Government does not have the right to ignore rural citizens

Proposed changes to the Traditional Courts Bill to remove the possibility to “opt out” and use magistrate’s courts instead are probably unconstitutional, and definitely play into the hands of traditional leaders instead of their communities

The things we lost in the fire

The fight for equality is valid but the burning down of our universities is not the revolution or decolonisation any of us should want

Democracy and open society in Zimbabwe 41 years after independence

A full 41 years after ‘freedom’, many Zimbabweans still strive for what they sought then – the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights and freedoms

The sports world is failing to protect the human rights of women athletes

Caster Semenya’s case and that of other black women athletes spells bad news for the human rights of women in sport, including their right to dignity and equality

Police brutality: Citizens are just as much to blame

Even though it is the officers who carry out the physical force, it is our prejudice that lays fertile ground for the abuse of power to entrench itself

Zuma’s mollycoddling is justified criminologically, but not the damage he did to the country

The attempts of the ANC’s top six to convince the former president to attend the Zondo hearings is a good example of an integrative shaming measure

Could innovation in payments and e-commerce expand intra-African trade?

The African Continental Free Trade Area going live heralds exciting times for tech innovation in payments, e-commerce and trade across Africa

Conspiracy theories: Do your research and question ‘facts’

People’s powerful belief in their views, in defiance of specialists in a subject, are amplified by social media and are then viewed as fact — when in fact it’s false

US needs a gutsy Biden now

With political polarisations running deep after a divisive Trump presidency, the new administration will need to rid the country of crises on several fronts

Healing herbs and heritage

For a lot of Africans, traditional and Western medicine have a symbiotic relationship and are not deemed opposites

Namibia’s Blue Book of record: Part one

On 27 January, the world remembers the victims of the Holocaust, but it is also worth remembering the victims of Germany’s other, earlier genocide in Namibia. A rare book, commissioned by Britain in the early 1900s, stands as a record of the crimes against the Herero and the Nama

Trade with America thrived under Trump

Mutual mistrust there may have been, but economic activity between South Africa and the superpower remained robust. Now exports must diversify and create jobs